Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married, live, and die. Milk and the newspaper get delivered every morning, and nobody locks their front doors.
The owner of an automobile manufacturing company succumbs to his vain wife's pressure for him to retire--which he really doesn't want to do--and for them to take a cruise to Europe. On the cruise he learns some truths about himself, his wife, and their marriage.
A shy young Newark librarian is secretly in love with a handsome and dashing bank clerk. She hatches a scheme to meet him in a bar, but in her nervousness she has too much to drink and winds up plastered. However, four patrons in the bar take pity on her and resolve to help her catch the man of her dreams.